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more than 10,000 people so far have had to leave their homes after the volcano was dormant for 400 years. it's a threat level of the highest possible category right now. ♪ major computer problems hit yat -- united airlines and the new york stock exchange. greece submits it's latest plan for a bailout. and one year after the war in gaza nearly 100,000 people are still displaced. the slow process of rebuilding. ♪
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this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm erika pitzi. we're following two big stories today involving computer glitches, affecting thousands of americans. united airlines jets are flying again after technical issues lead to a ground stop earlier in the day. but right now all trading has stopped at the new york stock exchange. traders say it has been a bumpy day in general, and they had some technical problems even before opening. the department of homeland security says so far there are no signs of a cyber attack. lisa stark has more there washington. >> reporter: a travel nightmare for united passengers about 8:45 eastern this morning. the airline had to ground all of its planes.
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it experienced some major computer problem. the network called it annette work connective issue, whatever you call it it was chaos for those depending on flying on united airlines today. it affected the mainline carrier and its regional jets. the united express flights resumed quite quickly, but it took about an hour and 15 minutes before united was able to fix its glitch and start resuming its flights. it will probably take hours for the airline to get itself system up and running in any major fashion. it takes a long time to recover from something like this. and the airline says it is waiving fees for those who need to change flights. luckily the problem was resolved within about an hour.
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let's go ahead and bring in patrick tucker now, the technology editor for the website defense one. he joins us via skype from washington. thank you so much for joining us patrick. first, it's easy to make the jump to these two issues being connected here. could they be connected? >> there's no evidence of that right now. it's certainly unnerving. it's very eerie, no one has come out and said we're positive that they are connected. and in all likelihood they are not, but we're going to get more official details about that later. what seems to have happened with though trading on the stock market it's anomaly, but it has happened before. in 2010 there was an incident called the flash crash. and it was the result of lots of different high velocity trading algorithms, each trying to compete with one another in
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incredibly small amount of time to outtrade one another. and the result was about a thousand valuation points on the dow lost in a very short amount of time. it lasted about 36 minutes. what happened today with united seems to be very different. in that is the result of an error with the reserve aches computing system. nothing that would have affected the planes but when your reservation system goes down you are forced to issue a stoppage alert and as a result you saw zero activity from united. it's not again -- as far as what has been reported so far, anything to do with any mechanical issue. it's an issue with the reservation system but it made it impossible to make sure that people that weren't on the do not fly list weren't getting on the planes. so they issued a stoppage. >> is this the kind of
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glitch -- and we're talking about the airlines here -- that could potentially bring down planes? >> no. it has something to do with how they make sure the people on the flight manifest are the people they issue tickets to. so it's a bureaucratic glitch and one that is separate from internal navigation network, or that the plane would be working with and the plane wasn't steer by ground remote control anyway so it is nothing that would affect the operation of the plane. >> that's certainly good news. you mentioned the term flash crash. how common is this problem? and is it something we could see more frequently in the future? >> it is probably something you are going to see more frequently in the future. there's really one we can credit to exactly that cause, which is
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extremely sophisticated algorithms that trade much faster than humans all trying to do the same thing at once. and in the case of the flash crash of 2010 that was sell sell sell. so the reason for the development of these really sophisticated algorithms is that for big big money on wall street, the only way you are squeeze a little bit of profit out of a very saturated space is to have a system to trade just a little bit faster. they move assets physically closer to the new york stock exchange to the communication is that many milliseconds faster and extremely sophisticated algorithms that respond in mass to small incidents, and so you see a cascading effect. >> all right.
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patrick tucker thank you so much. well the south carolina house of representatives today is debating whether to remove the confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds. it was already approved in the state senate. momentum to take down the flag grew after last month's deadly shooting in charleston but some legislators say the history of the flag should not be forgotten. >> it's historical. it's -- it is about our country. it is about the war that those flags represent. some call it a war between the states. some call it a civil war. growing up my family it was called the war of northern aggression. >> the bill needs to get a two-thirds vote in the house to become law. the governor supports taking the flag down and says she will sign the law. the clock is ticking for greece to solve its debt crisis.
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european leaders are giving the country until sunday to reach a bailout deal. the prime minister spoke to the european parliament earlier today asking for fair and just terms. they have requested a three-year bail out. >> reporter: the greek side has submitted its letter to an intergovernmental distress fund that the greeks say -- would like to fund their program for the next two years. it's a new financial aid program, because greece has already graduated unsuccessfully from the pref owes one. that letter was meant to be submitted this morning. it is being done in collaboration with greece's creditors. it settings the process in motion of asking for an additional financial aid program, and agreeing further down the road by sunday on the terms of it. now in this letter, the greek
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side says it proposes to immediately implement a set of measures as early as the beginning of next week which include tax-reform-related me sures, and pension-related measures. that gives us our first clue on what it sounds like they will be agreeing to. it sounds like they will agree to the austerity measures some tax reform and some pension suggests that the greek government already agreed to earlier. this seems to be building on what was on the table, and it was also the document put to voters on sunday when they delivered the no vote. the greek side says it will also submit a fuller more comprehensive reform agenda by thursday. so we shall hope by then to see the entire package. the u.s.-lead coalition fighting isil has reportedly
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killed a senior flared the group. a human rights group says the leader was hit by a drone strike. afghan government officials and members of the taliban have agreed to a second round of talks aimed attending violence in afghanistan. the two sides wrapped up their first official peace talks on tuesday in pakistan. the white house calls the talks an important step to end years of hostility. marathon meetings are ongoing in vienna where diplomats are now focused on friday as the target date for a deal over iran's nuclear program. many foreign ministers have left and will return later this week. secretary of state john kerry and his iranian counterpart are still there. well there are reports today the israeli army is recommending a partial liflt of the gaza blockade. it comes one year after israel began a military campaign
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against hamas in the strip. [ explosion ] >> the war was costly for both sides as paul brennan reports one year later, not everyone thinks the war was worth it. >> reporter: the war which lasted for 50 days in the summer of last year where, was costly both in terms of human life and economic impact. more than 70 israelis died and more than 2,300 residents of gaza were killed. the structural damage in gaza is estimated at nearly $8 billion. and israel says the operation cost it $2.5 billion. but a year on and the israeli government insists the war was justified and successful. >> translator: hamas has suffered the hardest blow since the day it was established. we closely follow verdicts in the south of israel and prepare to respond with full force when we are required to do so.
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>> reporter: others though are not convinced that all of the am beneficiaries for the war were successfully achieved. in a kating editorial comment the left-leaning newspaper describes gaza as the forgotten war and suggests there has been negligible gains. lessons had not been learned, victims had been forgotten. israel says it had two main goals for what it called operation protective edge. first, was to stop the rockets which were being fired into israel by armed groups in gaza. and second, to destroy gaza's network of tunnels. this doctor is a retired israeli colonel now a military analyst, he believes the aims were largely achieved but at the expense of damaging headlines and international criticism. >> it did cause damage. we don't like this image.
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israel is trying to kill innocent civilians. many civilians were killed. tens of thousands of civilians in the gaza strip lost their homes, had to find some solution to the cold winter there. until now only few houses were rebuilt. it is a major problem. we don't want it. but we had no other choice. >> reporter: there are signs of optimism israel and hamas are actively negotiating for a lasting ceasefire. but there is deep mistrust on both sides and less than 12 months after the israeli forces withdrew, it is perhaps still too soon for an objective assessment of the long-term impact of the war. the war devastated gaza's infrastructure, fwheerly 90,000 homes were completely destroyed. our correspondent is in gaza with more on why much of the strip is still in ruins. >> reporter: the reconstruction effort here in gaza really
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hasn't started simply because gaza is under siege. with its borders that it shares are israel very little supplies have been allowed in. according to the united nations, only 1% of building supplies needed has been allowed in over the past 12 months add to that the border that they share with egypt is also closed. all of that has meant that those people who lost their homes during that 50-day conflict have very basic shelters. in fact let's take a look at how many are living now. i'm here in a region where thousands of people are living in these very basic shelters. these shelters which are basically made out of tin or bits of plastic sheeting. most of the people who live here are small children. and it really just underscores the fact that so many gazans one year after this conflict are
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living in very very desperate conditions. let's hear now from the united nations spokesperson for the u.n. refugee agency. >> when you look at a year on from the war last year by almost every measure the situation is worse, and if you look at -- unemployment is no better poverty has increased, the humanitarian need has increased. i think the only reason to be slightly optimistic is i do think reconstruction will accelerate in the coming months. >> reporter: so a desperate situation here indeed. in that need for reconstruction which is so acute, but the people we have been speaking to say that although a year has passed since a ceasefire was agreed between hamas and israel every time they step out their doors it feels as if the war only ended yesterday. serving in the shadows. >> it felt very very good to be able to actually be myself and
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be in uniform at the same time. >> the battle for acceptance by transgender members of the armed forces. and after fleeing their homeland, some iraqi christians say they are being held hostage by the u.s. government. we'll explain. stay with us. ♪
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♪ new york city will soon do away with bail for thousands of low-level and non-violent criminals snvenlg starting next year the plan will allow judges to replace bail with supervision, including daily check ins, text reminders, and therapy. some iraqi christians seeking asylum in this country, say they are being held captive by the u.s. government. they came to america seeking a new life but the process has been delayed for months.
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>> we know they are victims of a genocide. they have escaped living hell. let's allow them to reunite with their families. >> reporter: behind the barbed wire of this federal defense center 20 iraqis are locked up. for four months they have sat and waited to be released. >> what we do know is that they are being held much longer than they should be without a real reason. >> reporter: they are an iraqi christian minority group primarily from northern iraq. this man is an activist and spokesman for the local community. he is among those calling for their release. >> we are protesting. we are talking to the state department, to the white house and congress and we're putting pressure to make sure they release these 20 innocent people. >> reporter: the group fled persecution by isil seeming political asylum in the united states. here in the city a suburb of
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san diego, you'll find the second largest population of these people outside of detroit. main street is fondly called little baghdad. all 20 of the detainees like robert barber have family willing to sponsor them. this is robert's cousin. >> it's like very hard situation for him. he try -- like he's almost here but he can't, like, you know? and you know where he's at. >> reporter: he's almost free but he's not quite free. >> yeah, yeah. it's like this. he is a very nice person. he's like -- >> reporter: he's family? >> yeah, he's family. his big wish is just to come here and live and work and be happy. >> reporter: immigration and customs enforce declined our request for an interview, but according to its own stated policy for processing asylum
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seekers, they us must prove what the government calls credible fear of persecution back home: a statement provided to al jazeera says: mark why do you think that four months is too long for them to be detained? because there is a process for allowing asylum seekers into the united states. >> it's too long compared to ice's standards. usually if they see -- they ask for political asylum and they have family and they do follow-up interviews they are usually released. these 20 are not being released. and ice isn't saying why. >> reporter: why do you think
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they are being held? >> we don't know. >> reporter: what do you think personally? >> what they have told us is they don't have enough manpower to talk to everyone. >> reporter: do you believe that? >> it's hard to believe. >> reporter: as the community continues to demand the detainee's release, and ice refuses to answer questions, they continue to sit and wait their former life left behind their new one just out of reach. jennifer london al jazeera, california. the pentagon says it will reduce its ranks by 40,000 soldiers or 8% over the next two years. budget constraints lead to the cuts. nearly 500,000 soldiers currently serve in the army. well it's been four years since the pentagon ended don't ask don't tell. how gay and lesbian service members can serve openly.
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but there is one group still in the shadows. >> i have been in the military, you know, close to 15 years now. and i have been transgender my whole life. >> reporter: she kept our gender hidden for years. she joined the army medical corps 15 years ago enlisting as a man. but inside she knew she was a woman. your psychiatrist said as recently as october that you were unfit for duty. >> yes. >> reporter: how devastating was that? >> just even mentioning this to anyone, i could lose my job. i want to serve the country. i want to deploy. i have been in since i was 17. this is my chosen profession. i want to serve. [ applause ] >> reporter: four years after don't ask don't tell ended the military still officially disqualifies anyone who reports psycho sexual conditions including transsexualism.
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but the american medical association last month said that there was no medically valid reason to exclude transgender people from military service. major henry is the first active duty army officer to publicly come forward as transgender. but there are an estimate 15d,500 transgender service members in the military according to the williams institute. making it the largest employer of transgender people in the u.s. >> they are more than tries as likely to serve in the armed forces than the general population. >> reporter: she transitioned after leaving the service in 2010. >> it is very much like don't ask don't tell. you have people who are hiding and people who if they do come out can be discharged and lose their pensions. >> reporter: president obama
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hosted six transgender members at the white house. >> we were invited and told to wear and given authorization to wear the uniform that confirms with our gender identity. it felt very very good to be myself and be in uniform at the same time. >> reporter: and for army major jamie henry, lifting the ban will finally allow her to come out too. >> i'm like i'll have my career back. i can be like any other doctor in the military. like that -- that is incredible to me. getting fair pay for their win, why the world cup payout for the women's team highlights a gender gap.
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♪ microsoft is set to cut another 7,800 jobs by the end of this year in addition to the 18,000 employees the tech giant said it would layoff a year ago. most of the cuts will be in the smartphone sector after
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microsoft lost market share due to its deal to take over nokia. the world soccer champions are getting a big honor this week. a ticker take parade in new york city on friday. their win is also highlighting a major issue for women in sport. fair pay, or the lack of it. >> reporter: their third world cup championship coming in the most watched soccer game in u.s. history. even president obama took notice. >> the next time i see the mets team i will have to remind them that you guys beat the men in viewer ship. [ cheers ] >> reporter: but for all of their talent, the women's soccer team will be paid less than the men, making $2 million in prize money for their win. the u.s. men's team made about $9 million after losing in the round of 16 last year. this team's win is putting pressure on fifa to level the pay scale. the goalie tweeted:
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and an online campaign is now gathering speed collecting significant yours asking for equal pay. >> being a woman does not mean you should take a pay cut. again, this is 2015, it's time for fifa to stop discriminating against women. >> reporter: some point to far more sponsorship money for men's soccer compared to women and more tournaments for men. but one lawmaker writes: russian authorities are out with a warning, be ware the selfie. the interior ministry has launched a public information campaign to steer people from danger. nearly a dozen people have died taking selfies this year. that does it for us.
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i'm erika pitzi. the news continues next live from london. take care. ♪ >> trade something suspended on the new york stock exchange. it's a technical issue they say not a cyberattack. good to have you along. i'm david foster. also coming up. trouble for china's markets show their slump even further 37 bosnians remember as russia vetoes the resolution recognizing the massacre as genocide. and after